T’is the season – for herbs, that is: Greek Pasta Salad

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Courtesy of Flickr-detsugu

If your herb garden is overflowing like mine is, here’s a delicious pasta salad to showcase your bounty. Unlike prepared pasta salads you may purchase, this one won’t send your fat counts soaring.

Greek Pasta Salad

Serves 4

1/4 pound short whole wheat pasta (fusilli, penne or macaroni) 125 g

Dressing:
1/2 cup (125 mL) crumbled feta cheese
1/3 cup (75 mL) buttermilk
1/4 cup (50 mL) light mayonnaise
1 tbsp (15 mL) extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp (15 mL) red wine vinegar
1 tbsp (15 mL) chopped fresh oregano

1 cup  (250 mL) diced  tomatoes
1/2 red pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 green pepper, thinly sliced
1/3 cup (75 mL) chopped red onion
1/4 cup (50 mL) slivered black olives
2 tbsp (25 mL)  chopped fresh mint

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water.

In a food processor or blender, mix  together feta cheese, buttermilk, mayonnaise, olive oil, vinegar and oregano until smooth; set aside.

In a large bowl, toss pasta, red pepper,  green pepper, onion, olives and mint   together.  Pour over the salad and toss well.  Season with salt* and pepper to taste.

Nutritional information per serving
•    Calories: 289
•    Protein: 9 g
•    Fat: 15 g
•    Saturated fat: 4 g
•    Carbohydrate: 31 g
•    Dietary fibre: 4 g
•    Sodium: 465  mg

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Are you a pasta salad fan? What are your favourite combos? Please share in the comment section below.

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Author:Rosie Schwartz

Rosie Schwartz is a Toronto-based consulting dietitian and writer.

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4 Comments on “T’is the season – for herbs, that is: Greek Pasta Salad”

  1. July 19, 2013 at 8:26 am #

    Love to try that with the mint!

    • July 19, 2013 at 11:30 am #

      I love mint in savoury dishes! It is delicious – if I do say so myself! 🙂

  2. Avril Fernley
    July 19, 2013 at 11:21 am #

    Thanks, Rosie! Love, love, love Greek salad. I make them 3/4 x a week for myself, all year long. I will be sure to try this one. Did I mention that I love Greek (especially village) salad?

    • July 19, 2013 at 11:31 am #

      Thanks for the smile, Avril! I hope you enjoy this variation! Let me know.

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